This week’s blog features an interview with Project Manager Galit Sahar. Galit works closely with the PPI-ME Leadership Development Program (LDP) as she designs and coordinates many of the events.
How long have you been a part of PPI and why did you want to work for this organization?
I have been working in PPI for almost 3 years now. After a long trip to India I decided I wanted to be a part of an organization that works for a good cause and to also be involved some way in the conflict that goes on here.
What were your initial thoughts about using sports as a medium to promote change?
At first I was very skeptical about using basketball as a tool to promote social change since my background was more with youth groups and involved using verbal communication as the primary tool. However, after coming to practices and seeing the change in the perspectives and opinions of the kids, I started to believe in it more and more.
What is the most important thing you have learned throughout your time in PPI?
One of the most important things I have learned has been through the Arbinger peacebuilding curriculum we teach the kids. These ideas have taught me how to analyze the dynamics between the kids and how to better understand them and be more sensitive to each individual’s personal situation and conflict resolution in general.
Can you share a moment that touched your life while working here?
A moment that truly touched my heart was when one of the older girls from our program said to me once quietly, “You know when I look at you, I feel sometimes that we are sisters.”
What has PPI taught you that will stick with you in the future?
PPI has inspired to me to continue to work in ways that attempt to solve this conflict and to always try to teach others to respect each other and work to bring communities together. I want to always be a part of helping others see each other as human beings.